Despite taking the lead in two of their three Premier League away games this season Man City have yet to claim three points outside the Etihad in 2013/14, but they can overcome a one-goal handicap at 7/4 and hand boss Manuel Pellegrini his first Premier League away win at West Ham.
Pellegrini’s Sky Blues are 13/20 to inflict a third home league defeat in a row on the Irons, who are 4/1 for the win and the draw is 14/5.
West Ham have lost their last two top-flight games at Upton Park and their strikers have yet to score a home Premier League goal this term.
The home form that served Sam Allardyce’s side so well last season – when points pilfered at Upton Park made up over two-thirds of West Ham’s final tally – has deserted them and the 2-0 opening day win against Cardiff seems a distant memory after losses against a Stoke outfit that have banked just one point from three games since and a Leighton Baines-inspired Everton.
Against a City side in rude health following their 3-1 win against the Toffees last time out and replete with five clean sheets from their first ten games in all competitions this season the Hammers’ misfiring forwards cannot be tipped with any confidence to start banging in the goals.
City lost just one of their six games in the capital last year and only conceded four goals on London away trips.
Pellegrini may have yet to taste victory on the road in the Premier League, but returning to a happy hunting ground should see that anomalous stat put right by a team who lie just three points behind league-leaders Arsenal in fifth place.
The Citizens have not been on the receiving end of a beating by the east Londoners since March 2009, winning four of their last six matches against West Ham including a Yaya Toure-inspired 3-1 victory at the Boleyn Ground three years ago.
The Hammers shocked Spurs with a new formation in their win at White Hart Lane, but City have the players to take them apart.
West Ham’s striker crisis forced Allardyce to pack the midfield against a group of Tottenham individuals still learning to play as a team and the tactic worked, with England hopeful Ravel Morrison and highly-rated centre-back Winston Reid in particularly inspired form.
However, they will face a fully functioning attacking unit when City visit, with Toure and Sergio Aguero each firing home four goals in the Premier League so far this term – a feat that not one Spurs or West Ham player can match – and the top scorers in the Premier League can banish their away-day blues with another hatful of goals here.